#HistChem Distillations


Each episode of #HistChem Distillations examines a unique aspect of humanity's material legacy and asks the question "how did we get here?" Michal Meyer (a historian) and Bob Kenworthy (a chemist) of the Chemical Heritage Foundation are your guides to engaging conversations about history, technology and chemistry.


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Title: Fizzy Water: The Unnatural History of a Carbonated Drink

Fizzy Water: The Unnatural History of a Carbonated Drink

February 16th, 2017

We all know hydration is important to health, but many people find water boring to drink. Juice and Coke aren’t boring, but they aren’t very healthy… Go to Episode

Second Skin: The Unexpected Origin of the Sports Bra

November 8th, 2016

The sports bra is omnipresent in today’s sports landscape. But the current iteration of this nifty item is less than 40 years old, and it arrived with… Go to Episode

(Natural) Childbirth

October 4th, 2016

Our producer is pregnant. For the past nine months people have asked what her birth plan is, which to her seems like asking what kind of weather she had… Go to Episode

Best of 2016: Insiders vs. Outsiders in Medicine

September 6th, 2016

Over the past year we’ve brought you stories about tacos, taxidermy, and DDT. But at the same time we’ve been thinking about and researching medicine—specifically,… Go to Episode